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Preparing for your Social Security Disability Hearing

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A Social Security disability hearing can be an intimidating process if you are not familiar with Social Security’s rules and regulations.  If your case gets to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”), it is best for you to hire an attorney well versed in hearing procedures to represent you in your claim. Aside [...]

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What to Do if You are Not Satisfied with your Current Disability Representation

The key to any working relationship is communication.  If you are not satisfied with your disability attorney it is best to tell them your concerns before hiring someone else to represent you.  Your attorney might be able to fix the problem.  They might also be able to explain why they handled your case as they [...]

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Questions Asked During a Disability Hearing

In a typical disability hearing the judge and your attorney will take your testimony.  The questions they will ask fall into four broad categories: 1) background information, 2) work history, 3) medical conditions and symptoms, and 4) activities of daily living. Background questions provide the judge general information about you.  This includes items such as [...]

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You had a Good Social Security Disability Hearing if…

Obviously a good hearing is one where the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) says he or she will award your case.  Unfortunately only a minority of judges will announce their intentions openly.  Some do go a step further and award your case with a “bench decision”.  A bench decision occurs when the ALJ states the decision [...]

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What is an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)?

ALJ is an acronym for Administrative Law Judge.  An ALJ is appointed by and works for the federal government’s Social Security Administration.  If your initial Social Security Disability application and request for reconsideration are both denied, you may file a request for a hearing before an ALJ. The ALJ hearing your case is an unbiased [...]

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Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Frye Discusses Problems with Disability Program

“Don’t blame the judges!”  This is the message from ALJ Frye, the president of the powerful Social Security judge union.  The judge’s are under pressure by recent press stories that make it sound like there is a big spike in claimants being awarded disability benefits.  As you can see by Frye’s comments to congress the [...]

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Getting Past Drug Addiction and Alcoholism Issues by Simply Telling the Truth

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Once you get to the point of appearing at a Social Security hearing, you may have waited months if not years from the date of your original application.  Most of your dealings with social security have been through paperwork and over the phone.  The hearing is your opportunity to tell an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) [...]

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Missing Your Social Security Disability Hearing Is a Mistake

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To get a Social Security Disability hearing scheduled in most parts of the country takes between 6 months and 2 years.  But even though people often wait over a year for their hearing, and the hearing is going to decide a serious matter that affects their ability to take care of themselves or their family, [...]

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